Steve Komphela resigned as Kaizer Chiefs coach following fan violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, prompted by their 2-0 Nedbank Cup semifinal loss to Free State Stars.
Spectators stormed onto the field following the defeat and objects were thrown onto the pitch. Reports indicate that the protest caused several injuries — the worst of which appears to have been to a security guard, who was badly beaten and is now fighting for his life.
“We have to cut this culture of ill-discipline and delinquency. I have to be responsible and protect the players and administration, and set an example that this must stop,” said Komphela, according to Times Live.
“If it has to stop with me, then it must be so … I am effectively saying to you that I consider it my responsibility to protect everybody at stake.”
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said: “There has to be a reality check. We are not safe. We must take responsibility and own up and accept the facts. We have always honoured [our] obligations.
“Steve has done a great job for Kaizer Chiefs but unfortunately if it is not meant to be, it is not meant to be. The results are not happening. As a coach he knows we are faced with a serious challenge.
“We have had discussions with the coach and said, let’s do the honourable thing. The coach is stepping down with immediate effect.”